About the Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum.

The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the NMAAHC, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”

Zeta Phi Beta Becomes a Major Contributor

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has joined a distinguished list of donors that have stepped forward to ensure that this historic once-in-a-lifetime endeavor takes its rightful place among the world’s greatest educational and cultural resources.  Our tradition of excellence, exhibited by both our organization and prominent members, will soon be featured within the walls of the first and only national museum devoted exclusively to African American history and culture.  Sorors Zora Neale Hurston, Esther Rolle, and Dionne Warwick will be represented in the different exhibits throughout the museum.

Zora Neale HurstonEsther RolleDionne Warwick

As a Major Contributor, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will:

  • Be in a permanent listing on the Major Contributor Wall in the Museum.
  • Be listed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Annual Report, NMAAHC Capital Campaign Reports, and the Donor Recognition page on NMAAHC’s website.
  • Receive invitations for leadership to attend milestone and select events including the opening celebration, special tours, lectures, and exhibition openings.